The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, complained that schools appeared to reward staff regardless of their performance in the classroom or their commitment to pupils. He said:
In last year's [annual] report, we said that 40% of lessons overall were not good enough. And yet everyone is getting a pay rise. Hey! Something is wrong with the system.
School inspectors have been told to challenge head teachers and governors to justify pay rises to teachers and to give a lower rating to schools that have increased staff pay without good reason.
Sir Michael said he wants schools to be more selective in giving teachers pay rises, adding:
It will mean some will get pay rises, some won't. As a head I would make it clear that if you teach well or try to teach well, if you work hard and go the extra mile, you are going to get paid well. You are going to be promoted. Somebody who is out the gate at 3 o'clock in the afternoon is not. Isn't that fair? Am I being unfair?